Kit Yan (Playwright/Poet/Performer/Lyricist) is a Yellow American New York based artist, born in Enping, China, and raised in the Kingdom of Hawaii.
My work is a dreamspace where queer and transgender folx time travel in order to witness, remember, and heal our herstories. I hold writing as a spaceship into the borderless ancestral past, the puzzle pieces of an imagined queertureverse, and a lifeline back onto this earth. Here, we can ground, explore, and discover stories on our own terms—messy, ugly, and wholly beautiful. My dreams lead me to write about the fractures in my life and in this world, the times I fucked up, the times I was held accountable by my family and communities, the times of collective struggle on a path towards collective liberation. Above all else, I write about queer love smashing racism, patriarchy, and systemic oppressions.
I am a self-taught writer learning my craft by talking story with elders/family/friends, kanikapilas (backyard/beachside jam sessions,) collaborations, and by watching queer/trans/poc art in bars, lounges, poetry readings, subways, sidewalks, living rooms, and secret places where queer artistic magic & power exists.
INTERSTATE: a new musical with Melissa Li: terraNOVA Collective’s Groundworks Residency at the IRT,29 Hour reading at Studio 353, Project Reach workshop, Dixon Place staged reading; Musical Theater Factory residency March 2018; Forthcoming New York Musical Theater Festival July 2018, Space on Ryder Farm residency 2018
QUEER HEARTACHE: American Repertory Theater ID Festival, 2018 American Repertory Theater’s Oberon Season. IRT Theater, Brick Theater Transgender Theater Festival, San Francisco Fringe, Chicago Fringe. AWARDS: Playwright’s Center Fellowship Finalist, Spirit of Fringe, Artists’ Pick, and Audience Choice Awards at the 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival, and Best of Fringe, and Volunteer’s Choice awards at the 2016 San Fran Fringe Festival. Published by TransGenre Press (2016). 8 National College tours. Forthcoming: Diversionary Theater (San Diego) Oct 2018
T(ESTOSTERONE): 2016/2017 Civilians R&D residency, Playwright’s Realm fellowship Semi-finalists, Playspace table reading at the Lark; Classical Theater of Harlem Playwrights Playground
AFTEREARTH (film): 2017 Smithsonian Ae’ Kai commission; 2018 Smithsonian and Adobe Creative sponsored site specific immersive showcases during Sundance, 2018 SXSW immersive screenings, Forthcoming: TRIBECA immersive screenings, OUTFEST 2018, CAAM Fest 2018, LA Asian American Film Fest 2018
OTHER FORTHCOMING: NEXT STEP 2018 Village Theater At the Table residency; MR. TRANSMAN 2018
Trans Lab Fellowship supported by the Women’s Project and the Public Theater, BONUS HOLE 2018
American Repertory Theater developmental residency, ANCHOR BABY 2019
AFFILIATIONS: Dramatists Guild, 2017/2018 Trans Theater Festival curator, Musical Theater Factory POC Round table, Dixon Place 2017 teaching artist in residence, Commercial Theater Institute, Babson College c/o of 2006